The Director General of the National Protection Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP) Patrick Akolgo has commended the Upper East Regional Police Command for the relative peace and low crime rate in the region.
He urged the police service not to be complacent but to continue to evolve more effective strategies to further reduce crime rate in the Region because day in day out crime continues to assume new trends.
According to the Regional Police Command except for “a few cases of robbery recorded at Naaga,Sirigu,Tilli Forest and on the Bolgatanga-Navrongo roads” before May 2020,crime rate in the Region has reduced significantly since then.
COP Akolgo who is also the Police Management and Advisory Board (POMAB) member responsible for the Upper East Regional Police Command gave the commendation during a five-day working visit to the Region.
The visit which started on Monday August 3, 2020, ended on Friday August 7, 2020.The visit was occasioned by the Inspector General of Police’s directive for all POMAB members to visit their respective assigned regions to have firsthand information about the operations and administration of the regions.
It was also to afford the POMAB members the opportunity of interacting with police implementers and to demonstrate to them how the top brass of the police service re-organize the role of local policing in Ghana for effective combat of crime.
COP Akolgo noted that his visit was not to find fault but rather to help identify challenges facing police implementers with the aim of finding lasting solutions to them.
He therefore entreated personnel of the Service to adopt strategies to fight crime as criminals continue to change their modus operandi from time to time.
According to COP Akolgo,he has received a petition from some livestock traders that export and import cattle and other food stuff to and from neighbouring countries as well as the Northern parts of the country.
The traders, he said have expressed concern about the unnecessary delays on the highways by the police that sometimes resulted in the death of some animals whenever they are being transported to major marketing centres.
He therefore advised personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service to channel their efforts into traffic management and refrain from inspection of motor vehicle documents which causes unnecessary delays particularly in this Coronavirus period.
The Upper East Regional Police Commander,Deputy Commissioner of Police(DCOP),Osei Kwaku Ampofo Duku indicated that reducing crime in the Region was one of his major source of worry and so he had put in place various strategies which is eventually yielding fruitful results.
According to DCOP Ampofo Duku, except for “a few cases of robbery recorded at Naaga,Sirigu,Tilli Forest and on the Bolgatanga-Navrongo roads” before May 2020,crime rate in the Region has reduced significantly since then.
The Regional Minister,Ms Tangoba Abayage commended the police over the low crime rate being recorded and entreated them to work harder to improve the current trend.
COP Patrick Akolgo(left) during a courtesy call on the Upper East Regional Minister, Ms Tangoba Abayage(right)
She lauded government’s efforts at equipping the police in the region with the necessary logistics to be able to discharge their duties without any hindrance.
COP Akolgo’s first Port of call was the Regional Police Command where he held a meeting with the Regional Police Commander and other Senior Police Officers.
He also called on the Upper East Regional Minister,Ms Tangoba Abayage and visited the Sandema District Police Command as well as the Bawku Divisional Police Command among other places.
Source: General News